Mechanical properties of continuous Kevlar fiber reinforced composites fabricated by fused deposition modeling process

Guoying Dong, Yunlong Tang, Dawei Li, Yaoyao Fiona Zhao

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Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a promising technology because of the capability of fabricating complex freeform structures. Due to the rapid developing of AM techniques, the applications of AM are no longer limited to rapid prototyping. Functional parts can be directly fabricated by AM to satisfy given design requirements. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), one of the most widely used AM technique, has recently been modified to print continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials. This research conducted experiments to understand the tensile property of 3D printed fiber reinforced composite materials. The fiber orientation, the volume fraction, and the position of fibers are considered in this study. The elastic modulus, yield strength, and the ultimate tensile strength have been calculated based on experimental results. Design guidelines for 3d printed continuous fibers are presented in this paper for designers to develop innovative products. Furthermore, some limitations of current FDM process in the fabrication of fiber reinforced composites are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia Manufacturing
Subtitle of host publication46th SME North American Manufacturing Research Conference, NAMRC 46, Texas, USA
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventSME North American Manufacturing Research Conference 2018 - College Station, United States of America
Duration: 18 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
Conference number: 46th

Publication series

NameProcedia Manufacturing
ISSN (Print)2351-9789


ConferenceSME North American Manufacturing Research Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleNAMRC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityCollege Station
Internet address


  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Composite
  • Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Mechanical property

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